We all love the Mitsubishi Pajero with its seven leather seats and large wheels, its space and luxury features, all bought together by its rugged good looks.
The thing is you have a choice of two 4×2 and three 4×4 models, so which one is for you? They all have the excellent 2.4L DI-DC 8-speed A/T 4X2 engine that gives you 133kW at 3500rpm and 430Nm at 2500rpm, the same smooth 8-speed automatic transmission and so on.
So why would you buy a 4×2 if you can get a 4×4?
It depends on your lifestyle. A big SUV is a wonderful format car, but if you are an urban warrior, you don’t need a 4×4. The 4×2 is perfect for city driving and you can take it on quite rough dirt roads for weekends away.
The big difference is cost and complexity. The most affordable 4×2 is R50k less than the most affordable 4×4 and a lot less than the top-of-range model.
A Pajero is not the kind of car people will replace every couple of years. Pajero drivers tend to hang on to them for a long time. A 4×2 obviously has a simpler drive system and will be cheaper to run over time than a 4×4.
So if you prefer malls to mountains, you don’t need a 4×4 and you get to enjoy the Pajero experience for less.
You have the choice of the D4 MIVEC 4×2 and the Aspire 4×2. These cars are essentially the same, but the Aspire features black detailing which makes it stand out a bit more.
The Mitsubishi Pajero is one of the pioneers of luxury bundu bashing and the 4×4 gives you true off-road capability.
Apart from the 4×4 drive, the first two models – the MIVEC 4×4 and the Aspire 4×4 offer similar features as the 4×2 models, plus off-road essentials such as rear diff lock, hill descent control, electronic off-road assistance and the Super Select II 4WD System.
The top-of-the-range Exceed 4×4 gives you all that, plus a power tilt and sliding sunroof, Mitsubishi remote control connectivity and electronic tailgate with dual kick sensors.
The 4×4 gives you more and therefore costs more than the 4×2. It really is a lifestyle choice.
You can have a look at the full of Mitsubishi Pajero range here and book a test drive on the same page.